• Name: Valentina Riggio

Valentina is a quantitative geneticist, with an animal breeding background. Valentina completed her PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics in a collaboration between the University of Palermo (Italy) and Wageningen University (The Netherlands), exploring the genetic aspects of somatic cell count as indirect indicator of mastitis and its correlation with both production traits and infection status in dairy sheep. In 2010 she moved to the Roslin Institute and through the years she studied the genetic basis underlying several diseases and other complex traits in livestock.

Valentina has been for several years an active member of several culture building committees (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Mental Health Peer Supporter) at both Easter Bush and College level, supporting, developing and advocating for initiatives aiming to enhance good practice and ensure a safe working environment for staff and students. In her job at PSH Valentina will bring her expertise on both quantitative genetics and culture building. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids and friends, reading, and playing board games.